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Trump signs Paycheck Protection Program extension, modfication

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WASHINGTON — President Trump signed bipartisan legislation Saturday morning, extending and revising the Paycheck Protection Program until Aug. 8. The new law had rare bipartisan support in Congress. On May 27, the House passed the measure by 417-1 and the Senate approved it by unanimous consent on June 3. The bill is an attempt to address concerns expressed by the small business community around t... Read more »

New bill in Congress could provide local governments more flexibility with COVID-19 funds

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MANSFIELD -- In March, Congress approved the federal CARES Act in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including $150 billion aimed at helping state and local governments deal with the financial hits they were sure to absorb. Three months later, Richland Commissioner Marilyn John and other local elected leaders still aren't sure how the money can be safely spent under federal and state restrictio... Read more »

Balderson: Online world closed off to rural Ohioans without broadband

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our society into a new reality – one in which everyday activities like working, going to school, and spending time with loved ones now take place online. These changes occurred seemingly overnight, and just as quickly have reshaped the future of business, education, and our daily lives. As this new reality took shape, the differences in access to one key commodity ... Read more »

House votes to designate PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate so-called PFAS “forever chemicals” linked to numerous diseases as hazardous substances. It also calls for the EPA to set safety standards for the presence of the chemicals in drinking water, and to give grants that would help water companies rem... Read more »

President signs robocall bill authored by Rep. Bob Latta

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In 2018 alone, Americans across the country received 48 billion robocalls, including 1.7 billion targeting Ohioans. A legislative package crafted by Sens. John Thune (R., South Dakota) and Ed Markey (D., Mass.) — which includes a bill authored by northwest Ohio Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) — aims to combat relentless robocalls by increasing the penalties for individuals and companies who flo... Read more »

Funding life-saving equipment

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DELAWARE, OH - Ohio’s 12th Congressional District Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) announced Monday a public-private partnership that will provide life-saving equipment to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to equip first responders with life-saving tools used in mass emergencies. During a joint press conference held in the Delaware County EMA Emergency Operations Center in Delaware, Bal... Read more »

For First Time, Federal Lawmakers Gather in Support of Hyperloop Technology on Capitol Hill

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Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the only hyperloop company in the world to successfully test its technology at scale, was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. today showcasing its XP-1 test pod as part of its national roadshow to introduce the promise of hyperloop technology to people across the United States. As the company continues to broaden bipartisan support of its revolutionary transportation tec... Read more »

Delaware celebrates Great Neighborhood accolade

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U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (left) talks with Delaware city planning director Dave Efland, City Manager Tom Homan and Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle during city officials' recent visit to Washington, D.C., to accept a national award from the American Planning Association. The award honored fowntown Delaware as a Great Neighborhood. The American Planning Association recently named four Great Neighborhoods ... Read more »

U.S. Rep. Balderson tours Ashland Railway

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U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) this week visited Ashland Railway’s Mid-Ohio Rail Terminal transloading facility and Mansfield Railport warehouse in northcentral Ohio. Balderson joined other local officials to learn more about the short line’s operations and impact on the region, Ashland officials said in a press release. The group got a firsthand look at the railroad’s recently expanded translo... Read more »

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